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Post date: January 24, 2019
In enterprises across the globe, the HR function is transforming: coming out from behind the scenes to play a leading role as the strategic business partner. This is more apparent than ever in HR’s role in helping organizations reskill their workforce and finding the talent required for the digital...
Post date: January 31, 2019
In her bestselling book, Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, psychologist Dr. Carol S. Dweck identifies a personality trait she calls a “growth mindset.” In contrast to certain other mindsets, people with a growth mindset believe that measures of personal potential such as intelligence,...
Post date: August 23, 2017
If you were a fly on the wall at a meeting and listening to the CEO and CFO voice concerns to the CHRO, you might hear something like this: “Our people need to be more commercially aware;” “Our people need better commercial acumen;” “Why don’t our people think more commercially?” But what does this...
Post date: September 22, 2016
Executive-level HR and other C-suite leaders looking for an advantage to outperform competitors and produce greater returns for shareholders are turning to gamification—a technique that develops the talent and skills of the workforce by helping them better understand the challenges their own...
Post date: May 17, 2016
Succession planning has evolved over the years from an approach focused almost exclusively on having a replacement ready for the CEO to a comprehensive plan for assessing and managing talent moves across multiple levels—focusing on management positions and critical jobs. In some cases, the focus...
Post date: May 12, 2016
For decades, economists have understood that the market valuation of a company is quite different from its official book value. Baruch Lev (2001) observed that for every $6 in market value only $1 is recorded on a formal balance sheet. More recently, McGuire and Brenner (2015) made the similar...
Post date: May 23, 2019
Strategy and organization design demand strategic thinking skills, which enable differentiation. Among the many elements of strategic thinking—such as the ability to see the big picture, idea generation, trend interpretation, or data and analytics—there is one critical factor that sometimes gets...
Post date: September 20, 2016
(But Perhaps You Can Reduce the Pain a Little) Mergers and acquisitions are in style again. Last year was, according to The Wall Street Journal, “the Biggest M&A Year Ever.” Anheuser-Busch InBev is buying SABMiller. Charter Communications acquired Time Warner Cable. Dow Chemical is trying to...
Post date: May 14, 2019
A few years ago, I observed a Fortune 100 company design and implement their new HR business partner program (I’ll call the organization Company X). After promoting generalists and hiring some external candidates to fill the HRBP positions, Company X’s training department scheduled quarterly...
Post date: February 13, 2020
Few chief learning officers (CLOs) disagree they have a mandate to ensure that learning initiatives align with organizational strategy. A great deal of research exists about how to align the two. However, what does it look like for employees to connect their learning and development with an actual...